Immaculate Heart Students Go "Pink" for a Worthy Cause

Published : Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 2:33 PM

As members of Immaculate Heart Middle School’s Pandas with Purpose service group, students (left to right) Amina Brugnoni, Elisa Monagas and Gayelle Rizk sold scarves, “Jeans & Pink” free dress passes, pink hair ribbons and bows, and baked goods to raise funds for Helen’s Room.

In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students at Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School donned pink ribbons and t-shirts as they raised $2,800 for Helen’s Room, a resource and care center for cancer patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

As they have each fall for the past several years, Immaculate Heart students came together in creative ways to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer, a disease that has touched the lives of so many people the students know.

Carol Cobbs, (center left) the assistant registrar at Immaculate Heart High School and a breast cancer survivor, presents a box of supportive letters, all written by students for cancer patients, to Rosemary Boston, manager of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Services Center. Joining Ms. Boston at the student assembly were Christine Esquivel, the hospital’s oncology patient navigator, and Monica Kahn, the founder of Helen’s Room, the hospital’s resource and care center for cancer patients. Immaculate Heart students raised $2,800 for Helen’s Room during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During October, students decorated the campus with pink garlands and purchased tickets for a special “Jeans & Pink Day.” The Girls’ Athletic Association and the Black Student Association sponsored a barbecue and concession stand before the high school’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” volleyball matches in the auditorium, which featured pink posters and balloons. Meanwhile, student members of the California Scholarship Federation crafted supportive notes for women fighting breast cancer. Pandas with Purpose, the middle school outreach service group, also sold pink ribbons, scarves, and baked goods during lunch and after school.

Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School students ended a recent special assembly by joining hands in prayer for those fighting breast cancer and those who have succumbed to the disease. Each fall, the school community comes together in a variety of ways to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer.

As a result of their combined efforts, the students raised more money than ever before for Helen’s Room, which provides free wigs, hats, scarves, mastectomy bras and other support services to women with breast cancer.

Immaculate Heart Middle School students show off their pink shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Immaculate Heart’s fundraising efforts this year culminated with a special assembly where students welcomed Monica Kahn, the founder of Helen’s Room, along with Rosemary Boston, manager of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Services Center, and Christine Esquivel, the hospital’s oncology patient navigator. The three women thanked students for helping Helen’s Room make a difference in the lives of patients fighting breast cancer. To date, Helen’s Room has offered support to more than 5,000 women.

Several Immaculate Heart High School volleyball teammates pose before the school’s annual “Breast Cancer Awareness” volleyball matches in October.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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